Raising Caring Children

Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

The seeds of caring and compassion are clearly evident in early life. But a children need adults to guide them, teach them and nurture them to become caring, compassionate and ethical people. This article offers practical advice for parents.

8 Things We Should Learn from Others

Chuck Lawless
February 8, 2017

Chuck Lawless is a respected seminary administrator and Professor of Evangelism and Missions at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is alse Global Theological Education Consultant for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. In his life of service, he has traveled the world to teach and to learn, and in those travels, he shares eight important things we all need to learn.

“Robin Dunbar: Is There A Limit To How Many Friends We Can Have?”
by Robin Dunbar/National Public Radio

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TED Radio Hour
January 13, 2017

Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford, believes that the structures of social networks limits us to 150 meaningful relationships at a time — even with the rise of social media.  In this podcast, he shares even more detail about how we interact with these 150 people. This is how he breaks down our relationships:

  • The typical person only has 5 friends in their inner-circle.
  • Then we have 10 “best” friends
  • From there, we tend to have 35 “good” friends.

Dunbar explains that these layers are the consequence of the time we invest with people. We spend 40% of our time with the closest five people. The next 10 people get 20% of our time. And the remaining 135 get the balance of our time. After 150 people, we have almost nothing left to give.

The impact of this information is huge when it comes to having a healthy family. Most Christian families are made up of two to five people, so our “inner-circles” are basically our own families with maybe one to three others. When we begin investing time in others than our own family members, serious repercussions are bound to happen.